Daiwa Launches Kage MQ LT
Spinning Reel Series for both Fresh and Saltwater Anglers
Introduction: This year ICAST, much like the rest of the world, is facing
a unique situation with the pandemic which has resulted in the event going
virtual. The official event kicks off next week on July 13th and leading up to
the show many manufacturers are starting to roll out some of their originally
planned new product introductions. One of Daiwa's new reel launches this ICAST
will be the Kage series of spinning reels, designed as a crossover series
between fresh and saltwater applications.
Daiwa has started rolling out their new products ahead of
next week's virtual ICAST, starting with the Kage spinning reel series
the Kage: The new Kage line (pronounced kah-gay) builds on the company's
successful monocoque body design which is utilized on many of the company's most
popular spinning reels. The monocoque layout is designed to provide more
stability and improved corrosion resistance by using a solid frame design versus
multiple pieces that need to be held together with screws.
The smaller Kage reels feature smaller barrel knobs while
the saltwater sized 4000 series makes use of the larger T-knob
addition to the monocoque design the Kage reels are built out of Daiwa's
proprietary carbon composite material, Zaion, which is light, rigid, and
corrosion proof. To further improve resistance to the elements and improve the
long term feel and performance of the reel the Kage Series will also employ
Magseal. Magsealing uses a magnetic
bushing in conjunction with a magnetic weld to create an airtight and watertight
oil seal, virtually eliminating the travel of contaminants or water down the
main shaft and into the gearing.
The Kage continues the tradition of using Zaion for the
body and rotor
MQ LT will also make use of the company's Zaion air rotor that is engineered to
be rigid and exhibit minimal flex, especially at high drag pressures. Cut-outs
in the rotor reduce the weight of the rotor while improving balance. The lighter
the rotor, the less force it takes to spin around the reel, making it easier to
turn the handle.
Inside the new Kage
reels anglers will find A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum with the company's
DIGIGEAR design. The gears have been treated to be more resistant to the
elements and are digitally cut for more exacting tolerances.
The one piece monocoque body is very compact and clean
looking without multiple pieces and screws. Daiwa implements this design to
reduce footprint, improve rigidity, and improve corrosion resistance
addition to hardened aluminum gears the Kage reels will also make use of the
company's Advanced Tournament Drag (ATD) which will deliver 11lbs. of drag
(KGLT1000D-XH). The Kage reels feature a 6.2:1 gear ratio, and because they make
use of Zaion for the frame and rotor they are also relatively light overall. The
1000 size weighs in at 5.8oz. and the 2000 size weighs only .2oz. more at 6oz.
total. These weights put the reel in a very similar range to the existing
Ballistic and Luvias reels which are also designed with the same LT concept.
reels will be available in sizes ranging from 1000 to 4000 sizes at the hard
launch next week, and will retail from $339.99 to $369.99 each.